Budgam shuts after mystery fire at local shrine

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Srinagar:  Some areas of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district witnessed a shutdown after mysterious fire broke out at a  Shia shrine during the wee hours of Friday.

A police official said that fire broke out at Astan-e-sarkar Ayatollah Agha Syed Mehdi Al Safvi Al Mousvi at around 3:30 am. “Fire tenders rushed to spot in time and doused the fire. The shrine at mausoleum did not suffer any major damage,” he said.

The official added that the police recovered a gas cylinder in one of the rooms of the shrine that some miscreants had stolen from a nearby tea stall on Thursday night. “This might be the handiwork of some miscreants. We are investigating the matter and all efforts are on to establish the facts,” he said adding that a formal case has been registered in this regard.

As the news about the fire incident spread, several people assembled in Budgam town and staged a protest demanding the arrest of trouble mongers.

Reports said that all the shops and business establishments remained shut in Budgam and Ichgam while transport was also affected.

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